If you’re like me, you didn’t know that there were hundreds of ways to make coffee until you were a bit older (or until you walked into your first Starbucks). I remember my mother used to wrestle with a big, clunky coffee machine in the kitchen. It was well before the “one shot” machines that made one cup of any flavor that you could imagine. She would scoop Maxwell House into a filter and brew a whole pot that would still be there when we got home from school.
To me, that was coffee.
If you google search types of coffee, the results are insane! There are literally hundreds of ways to prepare coffee. I’m not going to go over all of them (thank god), but I am going to talk about espresso and cappuccino for a moment. While this site will focus on espresso machines, I will talk about cappuccino as well because espresso machines can often be used to make cappuccino as well . . . in fact, you can’t make cappuccino without espresso (if you do it right of course),Let’s choose Espresso machine you need !
What is espresso Machine ( Maker ) ?
The short answer is that espresso is a coffee beverage that is brewed by forcing a small amount extremely hot (nearly boiling) water through finely ground coffee beans. The water is often forced through the beans by the use of pressure (more on this in our steam vs. pump espresso machines page).
Most people seem to know that espresso is like super coffee, but just to make sure: Espresso is like super coffee! As in it has a higher concentration of caffeine in a smaller amount than you would find in a regular cup of coffee. It is also generally thicker than coffee and is topped by a creamy, foam on top called crema.
Espresso should be brewed with water at temperatures between 187 degrees and 203 degrees Fahrenheit. Espresso is also the base for other coffee beverages including latte, cappuccino, mocchiato, mocha and Americano.
Because of the concentrated brewing process, espresso often has a much more distinctive taste, which is also why so many people enjoy it. Espresso certainly isn’t for the weak of palate!
What is cappuccino Maker ?
It all starts with espresso! Without espresso you wouldn’t be able to make cappuccino! The name cappuccino comes from the Capuchin friars who have habits that are roughly the color of a well-made cappuccino.
Cappuccino is a coffee drink (usually made from espresso) with hot milk and a foam made from steamed milk. Traditionally, the bottom third of cappuccino is espresso, the middle third is steamed milk and the top third (and arguably the best part) is the frothy milk foam. Talented baristas (and a few of us with enough time on our hands) can even decorate the foam with what is known as latte art.
Cappuccino is traditionally served in a higher volume than espresso but this is due to the fact that two thirds of it are made of steamed milk and the milk foam. As a result, while it is based off of espresso, it has a smaller amount of caffeine per volume than a pure espresso.
You may or may not find it hard to believe that there are actual barista championships in which competitors strive to produce the perfect cappuccino prepared according to strict international guidelines. It’s like the Superbowl of coffee